The Road Ahead : October 2013
ROADAHEAD.COM.AU 12 COMMUNITY | FEATURE THE ROAD AHEAD OCT/NOV 2013 IMAGE: SAFER DRIVERS -- RACQ SPONSORS THE P.A.R.T.Y (PREVENT ALCOHOL AND RISK-RELATED TRAUMA IN YOUTH) PROGRAM. SAFER DRIVERS The RACQ recognises that educating Queenslanders about the importance of road safety begins well before they apply for their Learner's permit. RACQ's Streets Ahead is a road safety education program for Queensland primary school students. It comprises four level-appropriate presentations, covering road safety themes including passenger, pedestrian and bicycle safety. Learn2go is a joint initiative between the RACQ and the Queensland Government to help provide young people with the driving experience they need to become safe road users. Research shows the more experience a person has before they get their provisional licence and start driving on their own, the less likely they are to be involved in a crash. Reinforcing this principle is the Club's youth program free2go, which is designed to help Queensland teens get their driver's licence and keep it by becoming better drivers. When it comes to being a safe driver, you're never too old to learn. RACQ Drive Assist was established to offer a range of driver safety courses for motorists wanting to refresh and improve their driving skills. Courses include 4WD driving, towing and driver safety awareness, while the Community and Education Department's Years Ahead program aims to educate older drivers about recent changes in road rules, alternative transport options and the laws surrounding medical reporting. RACQ also provides a post-licence Driver Assessment Service that covers driving skills and behaviours, application of road rules in traffic conditions and hazards that drivers may come across in their day-to-day driving. The RACQ Driver Rehabilitation Service specialises in the assessment and corrective tuition for people with medical conditions or physical impairments who wish to get safely behind the wheel again. RACQ Drive Assist staff work in conjunction with medical personnel to accurately assess your requirements and limitations and, where possible, assist you to continue driving. RACQ conducts regular surveys to assist in identifying road safety issues and behaviours that are the most concerning to our members, and to gain more insight in relation to members' self-reported driving behaviours. As well, we also offer a wide range of videos on our YouTube site, RACQ TV, that aim to spread the message about driver behaviour and its impact on road safety. To further increase awareness of road safety and the results of risky behaviour for young Queenslanders, RACQ sponsors the Prevent Alcohol and Risk-related Trauma in Youth (P.A.R.T.Y) Program conducted by the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital (RBWH) and the Docudrama program. "Teenagers and young adults aged between 17 and 25 account for the largest proportion of fatalities and serious injuries on Queensland roads," Mr Turner said. "These programs teach students at a critical time of their lives about the consequences of careless and irresponsible driving, which can have life-long effects." SAFER CARS If there's a question about a vehicle's safety, RACQ is sure to be able to answer it. RACQ fact sheets are designed to provide concise and accurate information relating to a range of car maintenance, design and safety issues. RACQ supports the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), which provides consumers with consistent information on the level of occupant protection provided by new vehicles in crash tests designed to replicate serious front and side crashes. RACQ Technical and Safety Policy executive manager Steve Spalding said the Club's support of ANCAP was just one of the ways it advocates for safe, reliable and roadworthy vehicles on Queensland roads. "Our technical advisory service provides a range of motoring consumer advice and regularly conducts community and school presentations on vehicle safety," he said. RACQ's Used Car Safety Ratings provide an overall crash safety rating on used vehicles, including a model's impact on unprotected road users and drivers of other vehicles, while RACQ vehicle inspections can identify potentially serious and costly faults that may not be picked up in a Safety Certificate inspection. RACQ representatives also sit on the judging panel of Australia's Best Cars, the nation's most comprehensive and reliable consumer-focused vehicle testing and awards program. "We are very intertwined with the safety community," Mr Spalding said. We are very intertwined with the safety community.